112 minutes, France, 2013, Subtitled, Colour, D-Cinema

This film closes on Thursday, July 3rd. 

In previous films such as The Taste of Others (2000) and Look at Me (2004), co-writers Agnès Jaoui and Jean-Pierre Bacri created comedies of bourgeois manners that were witty and intelligent, as well as frequently barbed. While Under the Rainbow treads a similar path, there is an added level of playfulness in its repeated allusions to fairy tales, both subtle and overt. Young and lovelorn Laura dreams about the man she will marry; this turns out to be aspiring composer Sandro, who she meets at a glamorous ball.

However, their blossoming relationship comes under threat with the arrival of impresario Max. Meanwhile, her aunt, Mariane, and his father, Pierre (played by Jaoui and Bacri), meet when Laura’s father is awarded the Legion of Honour, and bond over driving lessons. Beneath the humour is a perceptive exploration of the gap between idealistic expectation and quotidian reality. (Notes by Kevin Coyne.)

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